What secrets are kept by the Uzbek skullcaps?
But a few decades ago a skullcap was a main type of a headdress in Central Asia. It used to be worn by men and women, children and old men. Moreover a skullcap has its own difference in each region. Skullcaps (Duppi) conditionally divided into several groups: Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand, Fergana, Khorezm and Karakalpak, Kashkadarya – Surkhandarya styles, skullcaps are also of festive, religious and daily wear. These national caps are made of soft or hard fabric, decorated with embroidery or beads and given a round or square shape.
Duppi (skullcap) is of a special respect with men. At earlier times during the disputes of men quite often they used the expression - "Have you got a skullcap on your head? ", what meant - "A man you are or not? ". A skullcap can tell a lot about its owner. Today, however, not everyone thinks about the messages hidden in the patterns of duppi, and after all each bend, drawing the line bear in itself a deep meaning and mystery. So far, the people have preserved entire legends about skullcaps. According to the legend four flowers in the top part of a skullcap are drawn to protect the health of a man from four sides and sixteen flowers on the edge of skullcaps express the wish of a big and happy family (to have sixteen children) as reported in the album "Skullcaps of Uzbekistan of the XIX-XX Centuries". It is well illustrated by one of the most widespread classic skullcaps of men. These duppi native of Ferghana Valley but have become popular throughout the country. They have a strict, modest and at the same time very decorative look.